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Heterodox Economics Newsletter-20
Issue-20, December 5, 2005
>From the Editor
I have just read a series of articles that evaluated economics research in Europe. The articles emerged from a project to rank economics departments throughout Europe undertaken by the European Economic Association. The Council of the EEA took the view that the project was important because of the "poor governance structures and inappropriate incentives that still characterized so many European universities. The results [of the project] should help all those attempting to evaluate and develop research capacity, including officials in charge of overseeing and funding universities, and university officers trying to assess the quality of their economic departments (p. 1240)."
The grounds for ranking departments were publications in neoclassical core journals. In fact one of the studies in the project stated that a European economist that did not have the equivalent of one AER paper with a single coauthor over a ten-year period was not qualified to supervise a Ph.D. student because he/she lacked a certain level of intellectual prowess. Since publications in the JPKE, JEI, ROSE, RRPE, ROPE, CJE, C&C, FE, Metroeconomica, any history of economic thought journal, and any other heterodox journal did not count at all, perhaps many if not most of the members of EAEPE, AHE, and CSE, and other heterodox economists in Europe (and in the United States as well) are not really qualified to supervise PhD students, at least in the eyes of their neoclassical colleagues!
In any case, a ranking of European economic departments emerged from the project that ensured that only neoclassical departments are ranked and ranked highly. Since European funding officials use these rankings when making funding decisions because these are the only rankings they have, not publishing in core neoclassical journals is detrimental to heterodox European economists and their departments.
More generally, there have been very many ranking studies of economic journals and departments in the US, UK, Europe, Australia, and elsewhere and they generally are all based on publications in neoclassical core journals and hence result in pro-bias ranking of neoclassical departments; and these rankings have been used to cleanse economic departments of heterodox economists. In this context, it is surprising that heterodox economic associations, such as EAEPE, URPE, AFEE, ASE, AHE, ASHE, and CSE, have not sponsored ranking projects, since the issue of ranking journals and departments that is the single biggest threat facing heterodox economists in Europe and elsewhere around the world.
Perhaps heterodox economists could energize their associations to do something pro-active such as promoting a cooperative project on ranking with other heterodox associations and perhaps with heterodox economic journals. To do nothing is to let mainstream economics dominate and eliminate heterodox economics.
Neary, J. P., Mirrlees, J. A., and Tirole, J. 2003. "Evaluating Economic Research in Europe: An Introduction." Journal of the European Economic Association 1.6 (December): 1239 - 1249.
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- Empire and Beyond Conference, University of Leeds, UK
- EACES 9th Bi-annual Conference
- How Class Works- 2006
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- One-day Conference- Retail Trading in Britain
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- God and the Evil of Scarcity: Moral Foundations of Economic Agency by Albino Barrera (Providence College)
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